By Prince Golez
Malacañang sees nothing wrong with the move of the Philippine National Police to seek the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) advice on the sedition complaint filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition figures.
“The SolGen is the lawyer of the Republic of Philippines and all its clients are all offices and agencies of the government,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday.
Panelo was reacting to reports that two employees of the OSG gave assistance in drafting the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy, whose affidavit was used as basis in filing sedition and other criminal charges against Duterte’s detractors.
Panelo said the OSG’s mandate is to give any government offices advice on legal matters when its office is consulted.
“The SolGgen said that PNP sought its advice on the matter. So, the draft was sent to them for review. That was there only participation,” the chief presidential legal counsel told reporters.
“There is nothing wrong with that because it’s the duty of the SolGen on a lawyer-client relationship,” he concluded.